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Opioid dependence – and other problematic opioid behaviours in people with chronic pain –  is associated with patient risk factors, rather than simply higher opioid doses, says a new report.

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The NSW government has already ruled out five recommendations from the Ice inquiry, including pill testing and more medically-supervised injecting centres.

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A UNSW Criminology Lecturer says there is a clear need for a second safe injecting facility in Sydney due to more overdose deaths.

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A review of more than 100 studies from around the world has shown that people who use opioids for extramedical reasons have significantly higher rates of mortality.

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Tamper-resistant tablets prove less attractive to people who inject drugs, but have little effect on population level issues linked to overprescribing, overuse and harm of opioids, new research shows.

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In a reversal of the heroin epidemic of the late 90s and early 2000s, older Australians aged 35 to 54 are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose, a new report reveals.

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People from different walks of life use painkillers for non-medical reasons, write Stephen Tomsen and Kev Dertadian.

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Dependence on opiods, such as heroin, causes the greatest health burden of all the illicit drugs, a global analysis has found.

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An increase in deaths from prescription painkillers is alarming, but the problem does not arise from one simple cause and a single intervention won't offer a solution, argues Louisa Degenhardt.

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Once again, overdose deaths from opioids are increasing in Australia. And once again, we are in danger of ignoring effective, evidence-based interventions, argues Alex Wodak.

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